TARPON SPRINGS - Dual efforts to attract local business and help existing Tarpon Springs storefronts spruce up their exteriors will be receiving an injection of fresh funding.
While sitting as the Community Redevelopment Agency board Tuesday, July 5, city commissioners voted unanimously to approve a fund transfer to a pair of successful initiative: the CRA Façade Improvement Grant Program and CRA Restaurant Recruitment Grant Program.
TARPON SPRINGS - A member of the code enforcement board, Chris Hrabovsky, questioned the city of Tarpon Springs about its handling of possible lead problems during a June 21 commission meeting.
Hrabovsky’s concern about lead levels began after reading an article by ABC Action News I-team. They reported in March that students were getting a bad taste from the water at the high school, as well as describing the water’s color as yellow.
“ABC Action News reported lead had been detected in the water in Tarpon Springs High School,” Hrabovsky said. “For those of you who don’t know that, you might want to consider the implications of that.”
TARPON SPRINGS - In 1938, Michael Cantonis left his great uncle’s company in Tarpon Springs to start a sponge business of his own in New York City, with $1,000 borrowed from a friend and an immigrant’s dream to make it in his adopted country.
This year, a stretch of road - which runs along the headquarters of the resulting Acme Sponge and Chamois Company - was renamed after the late businessman and philanthropist. Huey Avenue, between Pine and Live Oak streets, will be called Michael C. Cantonis Avenue when the city of Tarpon Springs dedicated it on June 9.
TARPON SPRINGS - Justin Edwards, 35, owner of a Tarpon Springs Snap Fitness and a city resident, will compete in the Gary Udit’s 2016 Teen, Collegiate, and Masters National Championships, July 20 to July 23.
Until the competition, Edward’s lives his life in numbers.
He eats eight meals a day, and works out five days a week. He takes a 45-minute walk every morning before breakfast, and 10 sprints at night.
He then does cardio everyday.
All of this is in preparation for a men’s physique competition held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.
TARPON SPRINGS - A 30-inch Pinellas County sewer force main in Tarpon Springs that was damaged as the result of a sinkhole returned to full operation on Monday, July 18.
As a result of sinkhole activity, the county’s sewer force main on Mango Street was originally damaged on Wednesday, March 30. Pinellas County Utilities crews had previously completed a temporary bypass repair on April 2. The city of Tarpon Springs then took over to stabilize the sinkhole.
This repair work underscores the county’s commitment to maximizing partner relationships through the county’s work with the city of Tarpon Springs and investing in infrastructure to meet current and future needs, components of Pinellas County’s Strategic Plan.
TARPON SPRINGS - A 30-inch Pinellas County sewer force main in Tarpon Springs damaged as the result of a sinkhole will be repaired beginning Monday, July 11.
Due to sinkhole activity, the county’s sewer force main on Mango Street was originally damaged on Wednesday, March 30. Pinellas County Utilities crews completed a temporary bypass repair on April 2. The city of Tarpon Springs then took over to stabilize the sinkhole.
Pinellas County Utilities customers should not experience any change in service as permanent repairs are completed. Additional information will be posted on pinellascounty.org/utilities.
TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs City Commissioners and Mayor Chris Alahouzos were updated with new information about the Anclote River maintenance dredge by project manager Robert Robertson and Pantelis Klonaris, chairman of the Marine Commerce Committee, during the June 21 commission meeting.
The dredge would be a federally authorized project, with all operations and maintenance responsibilities assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Robertson said.
Robertson informed the commission that a spoils site should be acquired within three months of the start of the design and permitting phase of the plan. USACE will review potential spoil site locations to assist in site purchase recommendations.